Firefox 4 Heats Up Browser Wars
March 24, 2011
The recent release of three updated Internet browsers sparked a battle among big players in the web-surfing world.
BY CHRISTY LEWIS
ANCHOR JIM FLINK
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Companies are sharpening their swords for the next battle in the Browser Wars.
Two weeks ago Google released Chrome 10. Last week Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9. This week Mozilla released its new Firefox 4.
And it’s no surprise--everyone has their preference.
A ZDnet blogger dedicated his vote to Internet Explorer, a Gigaom writer is a fan of Firefox, and a Slate blogger represents the Chrome kingdom.
In just 24 hours, more than 5 million people downloaded the newest version of Firefox 4.
Fox Business pinpoints how - among its improvements, a new Firefox 4 feature gives users more security.
KOVACS: “Do Not Track is very simple, forget the technical details, it gives the users a chance to throw up their hands and say ‘Don’t track me.’ And it’s a broadcast to everybody downstream that they have a preference...that you can’t use my data and information and private details to market to me.”
Some of the other improvements to Firefox include faster speed, the ability to sync browser settings with your Android, and the creation of “App Tabs” giving your favorite sites a permanent place on your browser. (Video: CNET)
Firefox 4 more than doubled the downloads of its competitor, Internet Explorer 9, on its first day. Even though it came out on top, a reporter for Financial News Network says, “It took them long enough!”
“The 8-month beta period was longer than Microsoft’s 6-month beta for IE9 which launched last week and two years since Google Chrome was launched … Historically Mozilla has had trouble meeting release dates and Firefox 4 had an astounding 12 beta releases before the company was ready to sign off on the product.”
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